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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Squid Row
224 Symonds Street, Auckland
09 379 9344

Don and I met up for dinner to discuss further plans for our roadtrip this Friday. Knowing how much I like seafood, he brought us to this gastro bar specialising in fresh seafood cuisine.

We shared the Squid Row Tapas Plate (NZD$42). There's a generous amount of tiger prawns, slipper lobster, oysters, mussels, salt and pepper squid, crumbed calamari, tempura prawns and dipping sauces served with French baguettes. My favourite was the mussels which were so fresh and delicious!

The Dip Plate (NZD$14.50) has olive tapenade, hummus and baba ghanoush dips served with toasted turkish bread. The bread was more like garlic bread and not the traditional type of turkish bread. I like all the dips but find that the price charged was too expensive.

We couldn't decide between the lemon tart or the Homemade Apple Pie (NZD$11) but the pie won in the end. I was expecting a slice of apple pie like those found in Singapore but this rendition looks more like a meat pie. I was a little disappointed as the apple filling was not substantial enough, the pastry was too thick and the vanilla bean ice cream was almost non-existent.

The gastro bar seems to be doing quite well judging from the number of diners on a weeknight. I like the whole decor of the place and the relaxed and laid back atmosphere.

I wouldn't say that I would come back for the food again but this is a nice place to chill out with friends on weekends, especially since they have a 2-for-1 special for mussels on Sunday!


8:29 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


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